According to a report, Steven Gerrard has received a significant boost in his pursuit of Ryan Kent.
STV claim to have learned that Rangers will have ‘first option’ to sign the winger, should Jurgen Klopp deem him surplus to requirements at Anfield.
For now, that is by no means a certainty. Kent is back in training with the Reds and is set to travel to the US on the club’s pre-season tour later this month.
However, if the report is accurate, it does mean Gerrard doesn’t need to be concerned about competition.
The Gers boss has reiterated his desire to bring the 22-year-old back to Ibrox throughout the summer [Daily Mail]. Yet, at various stages, other big clubs have reportedly shown interest in the player.
Now, though, it seems the likes of Middlesbrough and Leeds [Bristol Post] would only have a chance of bringing Kent to the Championship if Rangers turned down his services.
Given his popularity among the fans and with the manager, that seems highly unlikely.
This can definitely be regarded as a boost for the Gers. Yet, the waiting game is set to continue.
With attacking options like Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah unlikely to report back to Liverpool until the end of the month following international duty [Daily Record], Klopp will be in no rush. Therefore, it will be a while yet before there’s a definitive end to this transfer saga.